Samsung has unleashed its new flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S4 to maintain its lead in the truculent smartphone market. Launched at an event in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, the phone will come with a host of new features and improved hardware specs.
The Same Old Design:
On first glance, the Galaxy S4 just looks like a slightly larger version of the S3. It has a similar styling and feel and is built entirely from poly carbonate plastic like its predecessor. However, it has a bigger 5-inch display and a slimmer body which enhances the looks of the phone. In terms of color options, the phone will be available in Black Mist and White frost.
The display is not just larger in size; its resolution has also been bumped up to 1920 X 1080 pixels, resulting in 441 pixels per inch. As far as processing power is concerned, the phone will feature a 1.6 GHz octa-core Exynos processor, PowerVR SGX 544 MP3 graphics and 2 GB of RAM. In some markets, it will have an alternate 1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor instead of an octa-core one.
Samsung has added an IR-Blaster which will turn the phone into a remote control for your Smart TV through the WatchOn app on the phone. The flagship is powered by a 2600 mAh battery, but there is no official word on how long the unit will last in terms of talk time and standby-time. However, the company did say that the S4 will keep going for a whole day without any problems.
Improved Camera Features:
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with a 13 megapixel back-facing camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. The camera interface has also been revamped to include many new features and improvements, most of which have been lifted from the Galaxy Camera. The UI has a total of 12 shooting modes and various other settings which can be customized to get the perfect results in all kinds of light conditions. One of the most impressive features is the Dual Shot mode, which allows you to simultaneously snap pictures using the front and the rear cameras and then combines them into a single
The S4 rolls out with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is currently the latest iteration of the operating system. It is skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface which has been improved to deliver a faster and smoother performance. However, the USP of the phone are the smart features incorporated by Samsung, which helps it stand-out in huge pile of Android flagship phones.
Users can scroll through websites by tilting the phone forwards and backwards thanks to the Smart Scroll Feature. It also has a Smart Pause feature which starts and stops video playback depending on whether your eyes are fixed on the screen or not. While the former uses the accelerometer sensor, the latter makes use of the front-facing camera for tracking your eyes.
Another feature is the Group Play which allows you to share music, games, photos and videos with your friends. You’ll also be able to play music as a group, creating a surround sound music system on the go. The phone also supports Air gestures which allow you to preview photos, e-mails, messages, etc. by hovering your fingers over them. You can also scroll through pages, change songs or answer calls by waving your hands over the display. Other features include S Health, S Voice with Drive and S Translate which help you in your day-to-day life activities.
How much does it cost?
Samsung didn’t disclose any pricing details, but according to some rumors the 16 GB version of the phone will cost $579 in the US. The global roll out of the Galaxy S4 is expected to start from the end of April and the company is making sure it reaches almost all parts of the world by releasing the handset in 155 countries through 327 carriers.